MB3210 - Life History and Evolution of Reef Corals
|Student Contribution Band:
||School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)
This subject requires prior approval from the program co-ordinator. All students must
meet the pre-requisite requirements.
An introduction to the biology of corals and physiological processes involved in building
reefs. An overview of the life histories of sessile, modular organisms, incorporating
current research findings with respect to reproductive strategies and early life histories,
algal symbiosis, and the evolutionary biology of corals. Aspects of the functional
morphology and physiology of corals will be explored in relation to major issues impacting
coral reefs, particularly bleaching and disease. A 2 day field trip will include an
introduction to the taxonomy of reef-building corals and to lab and field research
methods for the study of reef corals. The subject complements MB3190.
- understand life history theory of modular organisms using reef coral as a model;
- gain knowledge of the anatomical features and physiological specialisations of corals
that are keys to understanding how corals build reefs;
- gain awareness of issues underlying long-term conservation and management of coral
- gain a working knowledge of the identification and classification of the major families
and genera of reef-building corals;
- develop skills required for independent research through laboratory and field exercises
involving literature reviews, data collection, data analyses and critical interpretation.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of biometrics,
ecological principles and invertebrate biology, and should have completed BS2001,
MB2060 and MB2050 or equivalents. A minimum mark of Credit in MB2060 is required for
entry in this subject.
||(BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) and at least a result of CREDIT in MB2060
|MB3219 MB3330 MB5400 MB5550
Study Period 1
|Census Date 27-Mar-2014
||Empro Bette Willis
||Empro Bette Willis, <Person not found>.
- 24 hours lectures
- 36 hours practicals
- 16 hours fieldwork
||end of semester exam (55%); assignments (25%); independent project (20%).
Enrolment in this offering is restricted.
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process,
and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest